Alexandria, VA (population: 147,786) has thirteen illustration schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Johns Hopkins University, the highest ranked school in this group with an illustration program, has a total student population of 20,383. It is the 19th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Maryland.
Illustration students from Alexandria schools who go on to become illustration artists, animation artists, artists, graphic artists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 8,900 people working as fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,630. Also, Artists and related workers make on average $57,470 per year and there are about 8,100 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,560 employed artists and related workers earning an average salary of $80,430. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in this area earn $52,580/yr and there are 160 employed.
Alexandria lies in Alexandria county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area has 2,300,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $29/hr average worker wage, and a $60,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Alexandria are held by fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, and 1/1000 are held by artists and related workers.
Of the 13 illustration schools with a 100-mile radius of Alexandria, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Washington comes out as the most expensive ($42,518/yr) for illustration students, with Cecil College as the lowest, reported at only $6,258/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Alexandria|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||6.1 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||10.4 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||11.8 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||15.3 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||18.7 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||25.5 miles|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||34.1 miles|